Community energy supporters from across Scotland gathered yesterday in Glasgow’s George Square to form a human, spinning windmill to mark the launch of a new coalition.

Friends of the Earth Campaigner Anne Schiffer said: “Our human windmill marks the launch of the Scottish Community Energy Coalition that brings together leading organisations in Scotland working to support community energy projects. Communities doing for themselves is a great way to create green energy, reduce climate emissions and support local economies.”

The event took place at around 5pm and around 50 people took part, including delegates from yesterday’s Community and Renewable Energy Scheme conference.

The coalition was set up as part of Community Power, an international campaign in support of people’s ownership of renewable energy. For more information please visit www.commuitypower.eu.

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Notes to editors

1. The event was organised by Friends of the Earth Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Community Energy Coalition.

2. Publication-quality photos here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/friendsoftheearthscotland/sets/721576419466…

3. The Scottish Community Energy Coalition is part of the wider UK Community Energy Coalition and includes Community Energy Scotland, Local Energy Scotland, Energy4All, Energy Action Scotland, Friends of the Earth Scotland, SCENE and Sharenergy.

4. The CARES conference “Sharing the 500MW target” was organised by Local Energy Scotland and addressed Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing. http://www.localenergyscotland.org/conference

5. The Community Power project is co-funded by Intelligent Energy Europe, the Scottish Government & the People’s Postcode Lottery.

Disclaimer: The sole responsibility for the content of this press release and any associated materials lies with the authors. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the European Union, the Scottish Government or the People’s Postcode Lottery. The EACI, the European Commission, the Scottish Government and the People’s Postcode Lottery are not responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.

6. Friends of the Earth Scotland is
* Scotland's leading environmental campaigning organisation
* An independent Scottish charity with a network of thousands of supporters
and active local groups across Scotland
* Part of the largest grassroots environmental network in the world, uniting over 2 million supporters, 77 national member groups, and some 5,000 local activist groups.